Liverpool Sound City 2013 announces first wave of bands
The Walkmen, Toy, Reverend and The Makers and Egyptian Hip Hop among the bands to play Liverpool music showcase.
Liverpool Sound City returns on May 2-4 showcasing some of the best emerging and acclaimed talent from across the globe.
The first acts announced to feature at the three-day Liverpool inner city showcase are The Walkmen, Reverend and the Makers, Toy, and Egyptian Hip Hop.
Other acts include Murkage, Chapel Club, Fossil Collective, The 1975, Hawk Eyes, Swim Deep and The Family Rain.
Now officially the first new music festival in the UK calendar, Sound City is the first opportunity to catch the world's most exciting new talent in one place before they hit the summer festival circuit.
Last year saw early performances from the likes of Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Django Django before the bands released critically acclaimed albums later in the year.
With over 350 bands appearing in over 25 venues across three days, the festival is an exhilarating snapshot of all that is vital in music right now.
Sound City also boasts a three day music, media and technology conference and is focused on bringing the best new music, film, art and more to Liverpool for three days of cultural discovery.
New Yorker's The Walkmen visit Liverpool on the back of their sixth studio album Heaven while Sheffield's Reverend and the Makers bring their unique brand of rock, electro pop and funk.
London's psych rockers Toy, another band that featured at Sound City last year, delivered a critically-acclaimed 2012 eponymous debut album.
Egyptian Hip Hop recently released their debut album Good Don't Sleep; a record full of wonky pop while Murkage's raw electronic sound is built from spending nearly a decade of putting on some of the best parties Manchester has ever seen.
Among the panellists announced for the Sound City conferences are Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn and The Wombats.
Thorn's music career spans three decades and takes in the defining genres of recent decades: post-punk, indie, pop, trip hop and dance. Her newly published autobiography, Bedsit Disco Queen is a perceptive memoir about a special career and fascinating era. She will be in-conversation with DJ / writer Dave Haslam.
The Wombats have been Liverpool's biggest music export of the last decade. Their Q&A is with lead singer and guitarist Murph and the band's manager Simon Bobbet, providing a candid insight into the last decade of music.
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